Shohei Imamura

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1926 in Japan

Filmography

Director (17)

A Man Vanishes 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

September 11 2003 (Movie)

(Episode 11) (Director)

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Dr. Akagi 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Eel 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Unholy Desire 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Rain 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Tales From A Southern Island 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pornographers 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Zegen 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Buta To Gunkan 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ballad of Narayama 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Eijanaika 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Fukushu Suruwa Ware ni Ari 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Insect Woman 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Stolen Desire 1957 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (16)

A Man Vanishes 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dr. Akagi 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Eel 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unholy Desire 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Black Rain 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales From A Southern Island 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tales From A Southern Island 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Pornographers 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zegen 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Buta To Gunkan 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ballad of Narayama 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eijanaika 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eijanaika 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Nippon Sengoshi: Madam Onboro no seikatsu 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Insect Woman 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

A Man Vanishes 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Rain 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Pornographers 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

A Man Vanishes 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nippon Sengoshi: Madam Onboro no seikatsu 1973 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)
Production Management (2)

Tokyo Story 1990 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Bakusho 1950 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan. Reacting against the studio system, and particularly against the style of Yasujiro Ozu, the director he first assisted, Imamura moved away from the subtlety and understated nature of the classical masters to a celebration of the primitive and spontaneous aspects of Japanese life. To explore this level of Japanese consciousness, Imamura focuses on the lower classes, with characters who range from bovine housewives to shamans, and from producers of blue movies to troupes of third-rate traveling actors. He has proven himself unafraid to explore themes usually considered taboo, particularly those of incest and superstition.

Relationships

Father

EDUCATION

Waseda University

1951
also involved in theater activities

University of Hokkaido

did not graduate

Technical college

attended to avoid the draft; left when WWII ended

Milestones

2001

"Warm Water Under a Red Bridge" screened at the New York Film Festival

1998

Wrote and directed "Dr. Agaki"

1997

Became only one of three directors to twice receive the Palme d'Or at Cannes when he shared the prize with Abbas Kiarostami; won award for "The Eel"

1989

First feature as an executive producer, also directed and credited for screenplay, "Kuroi Ame/Black Rain"

1983

Received Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or for "The Ballad of Narayama"

1975

Founded the Film and Radio Institute of Yokohama

1967

First on screen appearance, also wrote, directed and produced, "A Man Vanishes/Ningen johatsu"

1966

Debut as producer, also wrote and directed, "The Pornographers: An Introduction to Anthropology/Jinruigaku nyumon: Erogotshi Yori"

1965

Formed Imamura Productions

1958

First feature as both director and screenwriter, "Lights of Night/Nishi-Ginza Station"

1958

Directorial debut, "Stolen Desire/Nusumareta yokujo"

1956

First screenplay, "The Balloon/Fusen"

1954

Left Sochiku to join Nikkatsu studios; first feature, still as assistant director, "Black Tide/Kuroi ushio"

1951

Feature debut, credited as assistant director, "Early Summer/Bakusho"

1951

Worked for the Ofuna Studios of the Sochiku film company

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